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Dutch Schnell: Preparing For Bombay

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Dutch Schnell, goalie-racer here, and as you can tell by scanning the photo to the left, I am parched. And yes, I will have a Fresca. Thank you for asking.

Enough about me. I want to hear from you, my friends in the State of Hockey legion. It’s been awhile. Your favorite goalie racer did not check in last week due to the holidays, and as my close personal friend LL Cool J once pointed out to me, working on the holidays is for sucka MC’s.

Quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more.

Since we last made contact, our favorite National Hockey League team has been up to mischief lately. And by mischief, of course I mean in wreaking havoc in the Western Conference playoff race.They don’t let holiday hams and pickled herring weigh them down during an impressive stretch in late December.  Last night was but a minor setback as the W’s fell to the Colorado Avalanche by a 4-2 score.

Of course, the reason for the loss is evident to all, and that is of course that last night’s game took place on a Thursday, which is just not our night. The Wild is now 1-5-0 on Weekend Eve games with six remaining on the schedule.

I have it on good authority that Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire is hard at work studying this phenomenon and it will be corrected in time for the Nashville Predators on January 26.

 Gordon Bombay is a heck of a hockey coach, but be forewarned, he may want to date your mother.
But we’ve got bigger fish to fry at this point with Gordon Bombay and his band of 12-year-old misfits coming to town on Saturday night. Yes, I’m talking about those pesky Mighty Ducks, whose techniques include, but are not limited to, flying V’s, triple dekes and incessant quacking.

If I know Jacques, and I like to think I do because I am nothing if not delusional, I know he’ll have the boys ready for anything on Saturday night. Partly because the Wild is 6-1-0 on Saturday nights (6-3-0 if you figure in Saturday afternoon games, but we all know those don’t count), but more so because if there’s one thing that Jacques knows, it’s that you must take games one at a time.

You can’t look past any team. You just CAN’T! And I urge you not to start with the Mighty Ducks.

Back in 1992, those cake-eating Hawks (city unknown) made that mistake against the Ducks in the Minnesota Pee Wee state championship game, thinking it would be a walk in the park.

Look what happened. You want to talk about two teams going in opposite directions?

Since the Ducks shocked the hockey world by taking the championship, you never even hear about the Hawks anymore. They’re off in some saloon talking to some uninterested patrons at another table about the one that got away.

The Ducks? They went on to defeat Iceland at the Junior Goodwill Games, and now, they’re an NHL team based in sunny California.

 Scott Niedermayer (left) may be the new face of the Ducks, but the legacy of Charlie Conway’s hockey hair will live in eternity.
The names are different. Giguere has replaced Goldberg in net. Selanne has replaced Banks as the team’s leading scorer. And Niedermayer has replaced Conway as the heart and soul of the team.

But Bombay continues to rebuild while preaching the gospel of “Ducks sticking together.” Once again, he has his team contending for a playoff spot.

Saturday’s a big one, but because it is the first game of the season’s second half, they’re all big from here on out. To steal a mantra from Bombay, we have to stick together.

I am Dutch Schnell, and I…am a goalie racer.

Want more Dutch? You can view his past ramblings by clicking here.

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